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through meditation i program my heart to beat breakbeats and hum basslines upon exhalation. (works @BuzzFeedBiz)

How To Use The Word "Millennial" 20 Times In One Email — Original Message ---- Subject: 5 Millennial Myths in Workplace From: Jane Doe Date: Tue, November 11, 2014 4:10 pm To: Good Afternoon Tom, I couldn't help but think ... what's more perfect for a story on Millennials than an outlet who's primary consumer is a Millennial.

Is China A Cultural Superpower? You'll Know When You Celebrate Singles Day — Happy Singles Day, everyone! Today, 11/11, is the holiday you don't celebrate yet. But don't worry. You will. A little background: Singles Day is a Chinese thing, and a recent one. It's like Valentines Day for the consciously uncoupled, a special day for people lacking a special someone.

Making Television Is Expensive. But So Is Not Making Television — Television is an expensive business, with pricey on-air personalities, armies of well-compensated production staff and a whole lot of fixers and executives needing their palms well greased. Making a hit show costs millions per episode. And it turns out that not making a show comes with eye-watering costs of its own.

Microsoft’s Proposed Minecraft Buy: Digital Lego, or Another Fad? — As the WSJ's Evelyn Rusli reports, Microsoft is closing in on one of its boldest acquisitions in recent memory, with a proposed deal to buy Mojang, maker of the crazily-popular Minecraft game, for more than $2 billion. Microsoft's deal makes plenty of sense: Minecraft has built a huge and passionate base of users, who pay good money to play the game.

Can Big Ag Put the Cloud in the Crops Before Someone Else Does? — Another of the big agricultural giants has joined the race for software-powered farming. Via the WSJ's Jacob Bunge: Cargill Inc. is developing a software service that guides farmers on how to plant crops, a foray that pits the agricultural conglomerate against a host of rivals seeking to harvest reams of data to sell "prescriptive planting" technology in North America.

A New Starbucks, for Discerning Palates — When Starbucks helped kick off the espresso craze three decades ago, a big part of its appeal was as a higher-quality alternative to the mainstream coffee that drinkers had become accustomed to. Now, 20,000 stores later, Starbucks is as mainstream as coffee gets and an insurgency of specialty shops boasting ever more elaborate brews have claimed the gourmet throne.

Washington May Be OK With Inversions, but Are Consumers? — An iconic American brand takes over an iconic Canadian one, thus becoming Canadian for tax purposes? Burger King 's idea to buy Tim Hortons seems finely calibrated to annoy people on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border. It could also turn the story of so-called inversion mergers - where a U.S.

One Thing That’s Consistent at Target Lately: Fewer Customers — Target's highest-profile problem this year has been dealing with the fallout of a massive hack of its computer systems. But the retailer is also dealing with a problem that could turn out to be much more expensive than the $148 million it set aside to deal with the data breach.

Home Depot Wants Less Print Ads, More ‘Interconnected Retail and Technology’ — While Target and other big retailers are having a tough time getting more customers through the doors, Home Depot is having a better go of it: store traffic is up, and customers are spending more per visit. Yesterday, the company raised its full-year profit forecast. That's good news for Home Depot investors.

Bad Timing For Hertz: Rental Demand Rises, But So Do Auto Recalls — These are supposed to be the golden days for the rental car business, which after decades of consolidation has been whittled down to three giants that control 98% of the airport car rental market. Rather than the brutal competition of the past, analysts expected the big three to settle in to a new era of rising prices and higher profits.
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Nov 23, 2014

Getting an outpouring of support over DM since going public about my love for new wave music. It means a lot.

Nov 23, 2014

I'm basically going to have to come out to all my friends about this. Don't know how my parents will react.

Nov 23, 2014

The turning point was "I Melt With You", which is such a beautiful, perfect song. I'm sold!

Nov 23, 2014

It made me realize I kind of love new wave / 80s music? I feel really bad for talking shit about it for essentially my entire life.

Nov 23, 2014

Did a lot of driving this weekend, in a car that had Sirius radio. Spent the whole time listening to their new wave / 80s station....

Nov 23, 2014

Never knew until just now that Paper Planes by MIA is all based on a sample from The Clash

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